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1. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.1
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George Gershwin is a driven composer whose need to succeed destroys his relationship with singer Julie Adams and socialite Christine Gilbert.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Robert Alda, Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,120

2. Deep in My Heart (1954)

Approved | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

6.3
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Biographic movie about the American composer Sigmund Romberg.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: José Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon

Votes: 672

3. Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Approved | 106 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.9
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This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman

Votes: 1,763

4. Copacabana (1985 TV Movie)

96 min | Musical

6.5
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Singer Tony loves dancer Lola in 1940s New York, but sinister Rico brings her to his nightclub in Havana.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Barry Manilow, Annette O'Toole, Estelle Getty, James T. Callahan

Votes: 219

5. Music Man (1948)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.2
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Director: Will Jason | Stars: Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Freddie Stewart, Phil Brito, Alan Hale Jr.

Votes: 54

6. New York Nights (1929)

82 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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A chorus girl with marital woes is pursued by a gangster.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, John Wray, Lilyan Tashman

Votes: 130

7. Bring Your Smile Along (1955)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Music

5.6
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Nancy Willows (Constance Towers), pretty blonde high school teacher, writes song lyrics which spark the careers of struggling young pianist-composer Martin Adams (Keefe Brasselle')and ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Frankie Laine, Keefe Brasselle, Constance Towers, Lucy Marlow

Votes: 74

8. Radio City Revels (1938)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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A songwriter uses the songs one of his pupils writes while sleeping for his own contract.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Bob Burns, Jack Oakie, Kenny Baker, Ann Miller

Votes: 93 | Gross: $0.51M

9. Jazz Heaven (1929)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.1
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A Southern songwriter brings his piano to New York and meets a girl who works on Tin Pan Alley

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Sally O'Neil, Johnny Mack Brown, Clyde Cook, Joseph Cawthorn

Votes: 94

10. Glamour Girl (1948)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.1
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The marriage of Ray Royle (Jack Leonard) to recording company talent scout Lorraine (Virginia Grey) ends in divorce after she tries to dictate both his personal and professional life. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Gene Krupa and His Orchestra, Gene Krupa, Virginia Grey, Michael Duane

Votes: 7

11. Ragtime (1927)

Drama

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A classic 'who dunnit' movie

Director: Scott Pembroke | Stars: John Bowers, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert Ellis, Rose Dione

12. Idea Girl (1946)

Approved | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.6
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Larry Brewster, partner in the music publishing firm of Brewster and Crow, returns from a trip to find that his partner, J.C. Crow has hired Pat O'Rourke as a song plugger. Larry doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Will Jason | Stars: Jess Barker, Julie Bishop, Alan Mowbray, George Dolenz

Votes: 8

13. Swingin' on a Rainbow (1945)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Music

5.6
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A young girl goes to New York to find a band leader who has stolen all the songs she wrote and is passing them off as his own. She soon meets and falls in love with a struggling young songwriter who has his own problems.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Jane Frazee, Stanley Brown, Harry Langdon, Minna Gombell

Votes: 7

14. Times Square (1929)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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Director: Joseph Boyle | Stars: Alice Day, Arthur Lubin, Emile Chautard, Ann Brody

15. Rock That Uke (2003)

Documentary, Comedy, Music

7.5
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An examination of the punk ukulele movement.

Directors: Sean Anderson, William Preston Robertson | Stars: Holly Hunter, Robert Armstrong, Oliver Brown, Carmaig de Forest

Votes: 21

16. Sing While You Dance (1946)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Susan Kent, hoping to establish herself as a song-plugger, tries to obtain a second song from a young songwriter, Johnny Crane, after his first song becomes a hit. While pursuing her ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Ellen Drew, Bob Haymes, Andrew Tombes, Edwin Cooper

Votes: 15

17. Ridin' High: The Video (1992 Video)

53 min | Music

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Director: Julian Caidan | Stars: Robert Palmer, Marie Murphy, Fiona Shaw, Tom Jobe

18. The Doctor (1952–1953)
Episode: Song for a Banker (1953)

Drama

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A stuffy banker tries to dissuade his son from pursuing a career as a song-writer by composing a number of his own with unexpected results.

Stars: Don Dubbins, Val Dufour, Isobel Elsom, Sally Gracie

19. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (1999)

TV-14 | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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Director: Terry Benes | Stars: Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, Oscar Brand, Betty Buckley

Votes: 57



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